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Africa

All over Africa Inmarsat phone is your first choice. The satellite position is centered over Africa, so you’ll have a very good connection.

Thuraya is covering Africa very well too. Only in South Africa no coverage is given: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, southern Mozambique and Madagascar are not covered by Thuraya.

Travelers in the southern and eastern part of Kilimanjaro may have no line of sight to the Inmarsat or Thuraya satellite due to the topography. Who is explicitly travelling here, an Iridium phone should be used.

Madagascar

We recommend Inmarsat or Iridium phones.

Satellite communication in Angola:

Information from March 2018. Source: Allan&Associates (no longer available)
There has been uncertainty over the use of satellite phones in the past. However, Angola launched a satellite late last year to improve its telecommunications infrastructure.

Satellite communication in Chad:

Information from March 2018. Source: Allan&Associates (no longer available)
It is illegal for visitors to bring satellite phones into Chad. Organisations with partners in the country must ask their Chadian partners to obtain authorization from the ministry of security for the use of satellite phones there.

Satellite communication in Libya:

Information from March 2018. Source: Allan&Associates (no longer available)
A ban on some phones was introduced in 2011. The current situation is unclear.

Satellite communication in Nigeria:

Information from March 2018. Source: Allan&Associates (no longer available)
Restrictions have been in place in north-eastern Nigeria where the Boko Haram terrorist group is active.

Satellite communication in Sudan:

Information from March 2018. Source: Allan&Associates (no longer available)
There are restrictions on bringing satellite phones into the country and enquiries about entry requirements should be made when applying for a visa, advises the US Embassy in Khartoum.

In spite of careful treatment and examination of the contents we cannot take over guarantee that the contents provided are correct, complete and up to date. In particular the political conditions may change very fast. Always consider the travel advises of the respective foreign office.